Orientation welcomes new international students to La Trobe (Issue 5, 2013)

Host_JumpSemester 2 International Orientation was run from Tuesday 16 to Saturday 20 July and was a huge hit – despite the rain!

The program was packed with events designed for new international students to become confident in their new surroundings, meet new friends and have fun. Sessions ranging from The Essentials – an informative lecture on life in Melbourne and studying at La Trobe – to a driving simulator, cooking class, safety session run by Victoria Police and much more.

Shopping tours, wildlife walks, information sessions on living on a budget and finding work, as well as Australian slang and history classes ensured that the new students are well prepared for their time here. The final event on Saturday was the highlight of the program – the City Amazing Race – where students are placed in teams and are set challenges throughout the city of Melbourne.

La Trobe International Student Services Coordinator Jacqui Faliszewski, who coordinated the International Orientation program, says it was great to see so many students getting into the spirit of Orientation.

‘It was fantastic to see so many new international students getting involved in all the activities on offer, making new friends and getting to know what services are available to them both on and off campus,’ says Jacqui.

Being winter here in Melbourne, many of the students from the northern hemisphere got quite a shock trying to adjust from their summer.

‘I’m so impressed with the 80 students who braved the freezing weather during the City Amazing Race, which certainly gave them a good introduction to Melbourne’s four seasons in one day,’ says Jacqui.

Orientation is the official start to university study and supports students’ transition to university life and academic success. Studies have shown that students who attend Orientation are more likely to be successful in their studies – that’s why La Trobe’s Orientation program is compulsory for all incoming students.

Another Orientation day was held on 26 July for all La Trobe students and repeat Essential sessions are being held for the following five weeks.